The sun is shining and the blue skies are out (finally!), so get those gardening gloves on and make the most of the great outdoors – it could save you hundreds!
The average weekly household food shop costs £54 in the UK, with more than £7 being spent on fresh fruit and vegetables, or even more if you opt for organic produce!
But did you know that grow-your-own vegetables could save you over £300 a year? Speaking to Anglian Home Improvements, we've put together a list of the most cost-effective vegetables you can grow from the comfort of your garden.
1. Curly Kale
Curly kale has long been a top food trend due to its low calorie, high iron properties and versatility. It’s used in everything from stir-frys to stews, and even to make healthier versions of crisps!
Kale enters the top spot as one of the most cost-effective vegetables to grow at home, as a packet of seeds only costs £1, and the plant is one of the quickest to grow, going from germination to harvest in only six weeks. One bag of curly kale alone from a supermarket would cost you around £1 per 100g, so any more you make would be a bonus!
Tomatoes are a great plant for amateur horticulturists and are perfect for those with a small garden, as they require very little space. Tomato plants take 12 weeks until they are ready for harvest, but after this period they produce fresh tomatoes every day for up to six years. That’s a saving of £52 per year, based on consumers buying one box of tomatoes each week!
A packet of lettuce can cost as much as £2 in supermarkets, whereas if you grow your own, you’ll have a five-month supply from just one seed packet, saving around £40.
Last year, broccoli was voted the UK’s favourite vegetable, and on average we eat 230g of broccoli per week. While the plant takes 8-12 weeks to harvest, eventually you’ll gain two pounds of broccoli per plant, which can be harvested two or three times in the space of three months.
Potatoes are a staple of many British meals, and as a nation we eat 429g per week. Each potato plant can grow nine potatoes, and an average seed pack contains five seeds, making 45 potatoes for as little as £1.50. An average pack of four potatoes costs £1, therefore you could be saving a minimum of £11 a year. Not the biggest saving, but every little bit helps!
Growing asparagus is a longer-term investment, as it can take up to two years for the plant to fully germinate. However, after that time your plant will continue to produce asparagus for up to 20 years, saving you up to £16 per kg for more than two decades!
For more information on how to grow your own vegetables, click HERE.